Am I Too Old For Braces?

Dr. Mark Clauss July 27, 2020

When most people think about orthodontics, they think about teenagers in braces. And while many orthodontic patients are, in fact, teenagers, adults can also benefit significantly from orthodontic treatment. If you’re wondering, “am I too old for braces?” you’ll be happy to know that about 1 in every 5 current orthodontic patients is over the age of 18! 

Now is the time to explore how orthodontics can help you create a healthier, straighter smile, especially if you’ve spent years dreaming about a beautiful smile. Here at Clauss Orthodontics, we offer many different treatment options to correct crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, and more. You’re never too old to improve your oral health! To learn more about what orthodontics actually is, and how it can give you a smile you’ve always wanted, keep reading below.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry. An orthodontist is a dentist who has also received additional education and training in identifying and correcting bite problems. This gives them the skill and expertise needed to successfully straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaws, and improve the mouth’s overall function.

Generally speaking, orthodontists focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. When these kinds of issues are left untreated, they can worsen over time. The resulting wear and tear on the teeth, gum tissue and bone may cause pain in your face and neck, headaches, and even trouble chewing or speaking. An experienced orthodontist like Dr. Clauss will be able to diagnose and treat these issues, improving both the function and appearance of your smile!

Why more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment

As we age, many of us gain a better understanding of how our oral health is connected to our overall health. For some people, this knowledge is the inspiration they need to seek dental or orthodontic treatment to better care for their teeth and gums.

We also see many adult patients who received some orthodontic treatment earlier in life that was never completed or they’re looking for touchup treatment because their teeth have shifted because of age, genetics, or improper retainer use. In these cases, we can monitor the teeth, provide new retainers, or retreat with braces or aligners. 

Some adults have never had treatment before, and are simply hoping for a better looking smile. The resulting boost in confidence and self-esteem can positively impact many areas of a person’s life, both professionally and personally. 

Am I Too Old For Braces?

Orthodontic options for adult patients

Whatever your reason for seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you have more options than ever before! Our expert team is proud to offer the following treatments for a total smile makeover.

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

Instead of brackets and bands, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear, customized, removable aligners. These are custom-designed to fit snugly over your teeth, and gently move them into the desired positions over time. Aligners are made of a soft but strong thermoplastic resin and are replaced with the next in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the shifting teeth. 

Traditional metal braces

Traditional metal braces have cemented themselves as a trusted treatment method for decades. This is one of our most efficient treatments, especially for more severe or complicated cases that can’t be corrected fully with other treatments. Modern braces use high-quality stainless steel, but innovations in the design mean they’re much more comfortable than previous versions. The total treatment time also tends to be shorter than it used to be.

Ceramic braces

These work the same way traditional braces do but use ceramic brackets instead of metal ones. The brackets can be clear, white, or tooth-colored, and can be an excellent choice for image-conscious patients, because they’re significantly more discreet, especially when paired with transparent or tooth-colored elastics and ties. They are more delicate than metal braces, we generally only recommend them for older teens and adults. We’re also more likely to recommend clear braces for your upper teeth rather than your lower teeth, which allows us to find a balance between efficacy, aesthetics, and budget concerns. 

All three of these options can be a great fit for busy adults! You can trust that Dr. Clauss will only recommend the treatment she feels will work best with your smile, lifestyle, and goals. 

Am I too old for braces?

Get the smile you deserve with Clauss Orthodontics

Treatment options aren’t one-size-fits-all. Your mouth is unique, and different kinds of orthodontic issues can be best treated with different options. You can always trust Clauss Orthodontics to recommend only the best treatment option for your specific needs. He’ll never recommend a treatment plan that won’t address your oral problems in a way that meets your goals. Dr. Clauss will build a personalized treatment plan for you based on your unique smile, lifestyle, and needs, giving you a positive orthodontic experience and superior results! 

Every member of our talented team is committed to providing the highest quality orthodontic technology for patients of all ages in Watertown, Woodbury, and the surrounding communities. It’s our goal to provide you with a rewarding and stress-free journey from every step of the way, and we work hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere that feels like home. You’re not just another face here, you’re family!

It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted! Take the first step today by calling us to schedule your initial consultation.